On the Ice

On The Ice

Lake Winnebago—the state’s largest lake—freezes over in the winter, but that doesn’t mean the fishing dries up. Just the opposite, in fact: the ice fishing in Oshkosh is some of the best in the Midwest, and you’ll also find popular events like Battle on Bago here. Lake Winnebago is also home to Wisconsin’s annual sturgeon spearing season. Not up for cold-weather angling? Strap on some skates at a local park and try your best triple salchow.

Battle on Bago

Battle on Bago is one of the largest fishing tournaments in the world, taking place every year in late February. Anglers compete for more than $150,000 in cash and prizes. All proceeds support youth and conservation efforts in Wisconsin. Learn more.

Ice Fishing

Ideally located on the west shore of Lake Winnebago, the fishing is outstanding and convenient. The walleye fishing on Lake Winnebago is widely thought to be some of the best in the country. Anglers come from miles around seeking Winnebago’s jumbo perch. And, bass anglers from around the Midwest are beginning to take notice of Lake Winnebago’s excellent fishing for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. For a real challenge, try your hand at sturgeon spearing in February. Learn more.

Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and glide across the ice at two well-maintained outdoor rinks in Oshkosh. Or head to the Oshkosh Community YMCA’s indoor rink and stay out of the wind. Learn more.

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